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New TMNT toy lines shown off at Toy Fair

by Todd Haselton | February 16, 2016February 16, 2016 6:00 pm PDT

Playmates Toys is continuing its lengthy relationship with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, now in its 29th year.

It’s hard to believe, but when the TMNT toys first came out in 1987 they were not immediate hits. It took some time for them to take off, and once they did it a mad dash frenzy to find them. Little did I ever think that 29 years later we would still be discussing this toy line.

Our own Todd Haselton stopped by the Playmates booth at Toy Fair 2016 and took some photos of the latest additions to the ever growing toy line. There are a lot of new products on the way, and the T-Blasts just look like a ron of fun. Who doesn’t want to shoot little Leonardo darts at their friends?

Expect to see these new toys hitting the shelves through out the year.

Highlights of the 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line from Playmates Toys include the following:

most fun-loving and energetic of all the Turtles. One of the most intelligent Turtle toys ever, Talk-to-Me Mikey recognizes a child’s questions and responds in hundreds of unique ways. The highly interactive Turtle features movement and position sensors to react hilariously based on how a child moves Mikey. Known for being the Turtle brother with the most enthusiasm, Mikey even sings songs and plays games with kids.

T-Sprints Segment

An innovative new figure and wheels play pattern – the mighty, motorized mini T-Sprints can quickly take off on wild adventures–just rev, drop and go! The highly stylized figures, which capture the personalities of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, feature a unique flywheel so kids can rev them up, drop them into a vehicle shell and send them racing into action. T-Sprints are available in a collectible assortment of Single Packs with Vehicles.

Additionally, the T-Sprints playsets provide kids with even more exciting action. With the T-Sprints Sewer Duel Playset and Mutagen Menace Playset, kids can rev up their T-Sprints figures and send them sprinting through the playsets, dodging the evil mutants along the way. Kids can also rev up their T-Sprints figures to get them through the maze of the Tower Trap and on to the zipline basket to safety in the T-Sprints Tower Trap Deluxe Playset.

T-Blasts Segment

Playmates Toys introduces kids’ first foam blasters, targeted to the youngest of players! With the all-new T-Blasts collection of blasters, kids have ninja power in the palm of their hands as they launch the Turtles into battle against Shredder and the Foot Clan! The personalities of the Turtles characters are brought to life through the unique, highly stylized character design of the blasters. Each blaster fires up to 40 feet and comes with Ninja Turtles character darts, which are oversized and made of safer, soft foam.

The collection includes a Double Barrel and Cross Bow Blaster assortment, where kids can load two Turtles darts and then simply pull back and release to launch the Ninja Turtles. The assortment of Quad-Blasters each come with four Ninja Turtles character darts, allowing kids to press the trigger to rotate the barrel and then simply pull back and release to launch the next dart. Rounding out the line is the Talking Shell Cannon assortment, with each blaster featuring a cartridge to load up to six darts and saying over 10 Turtle battle phrases.

Half Shell Heroes Preschool Segment

The popular Half Shell Heroes collection features toys with bright colors, fun expressions and safe play features for smaller preschool hands, enabling kids as young as three to experience open-ended imaginative play adventures with the whole family of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles heroes and mutants. Additions to the line include dino-themed toys, inspired by Nickelodeon’s TV special titled “Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past.” The assortment includes 2.5-inch figure 2-packs, with each pack containing a 2.5-inch Turtle action figure dressed in a caveman-style and a dinosaur play-pal. An assortment of Dino-themed Vehicles with Figures and a large T-Rex with Donatello complete the line.

In addition to the dino-themed toys, extensions to the Half Shell Heroes line include an assortment of construction-themed 2.5-inch figures and vehicles, a Half-Shell Headquarters Playset which features four levels of Ninja Turtle fun with awesome transformation and new 6-inch PowerSound FX Figures with easy to operate features and sounds.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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